Periodontal Pocket Reduction
(Osseous Periodontal Surgery)
When supporting tissue and bone is destroyed, "pockets" form around the teeth.
A pocket reduction procedure is recommended when periodontal pockets that are too deep to clean with daily at-home oral hygiene and a professional cleaning or deep scaling and root planing. Reducing your pockets with your improved home care and professional maintenance can improve your chances of maintaining the health of your gums, bone and teeth.
During this procedure, Dr. Serra will reflect the gum tissue back slightly away from the affected teeth. This will allow Dr. Serra to directly visualize the infection and remove any bacteria and infected tissue in the area of concern. In some cases, irregular surfaces of the damaged bone are smoothed to limit areas where disease-causing bacteria can hide. This allows the gum tissue to better re-attach to healthy bone and tooth.
When you are at home recovering, most patients state that they have discomfort which is a 1 or 2 out of 10. Rarely, does pocket reduction cause more discomfort.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
Reducing pocket depth and eliminating existing bacteria are important to prevent damage caused by the progression of periodontal disease and to help you maintain a healthy smile. Eliminating bacteria alone may not be sufficient to prevent disease recurrence. Deeper pockets are more difficult for you and your dental care professional to clean, so it's important for you to reduce them. Reduced pockets and a combination of daily oral hygiene and professional maintenance care increase your chances of keeping your natural teeth – and decrease the chance of serious health problems associated with periodontal disease.
Bone and Tissue Regeneration
Dr. Serra may recommend a periodontal regeneration procedure when the bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed. These procedures can reverse some of the damage by regenerating lost bone and tissue.
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